"It kind of comes down to the visits," said Michael Mooney. "All these schools are all great academic schools with great teams and nice campuses. I just want to see how I feel there and how comfortable I feel with the coaching staff. There's a lot riding on these visits."
Last weekend, Mooney enjoyed his trip to Virginia. He is set to travel to Evanston to see Northwestern this weekend, then will head to Duke the following weekend. Shortly after that, he hopes to make a decision.
For Mooney, each of these schools offer plenty of positives. Now, it's all about finding comfort.
"(I'm looking for) the right feeling," Mooney said. "After my visits, I'll sit down with my parents and look through the pros and cons of each school."
Northwestern is a school which the three-star lineman already has some familiarity with, though he's never been to Evanston.
"It's a top school in the country," Mooney said. "I want to get a good education. It's a beautiful campus. My cousin played field hockey there and loved it, and she said it was great. I'm excited to see it."
Mooney has done a bit of research on Northwestern, while getting to know the Wildcat coaches in the process. This weekend, he hopes to meet the entire staff.
"I feel really comfortable with the coaches," Mooney said. "I've been talking with Coach Cushing and Coach Heffner for a while. I feel comfortable with them. I want to meet all the other coaches."
This weekend, Mooney also hopes to speak with NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who he has not yet met in person. However, Fitzgerald's newly-inked contract extension is a definite positive for the standout lineman.
"That's great to know he'll be there the whole time I'm there," Mooney said.
As a junior, Mooney was named first-team All-Inter-Ac on the offensive line. He was also first-team All-Main Line and All-City.